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Test your navigation skills - Adventure Race in the Woods - Support Team USA Juniors!

Race Details

Adventure Race in the Woods

: Advanced two-hour course and a beginner/intermediate one-hour course
Race Date: Sunday, June 2, 2013
Start Time: 9:00 AM
Entry Fee: $15-$130
Location: Breakheart Reservation
Address: 272 Forest St
City/State/Zip: Saugus, Massachusetts 01906
Country: USA
Race Website:

Two fun team navigation races:  an advanced two-hour course, and a beginner/intermediate one-hour course.  Suitable for trail runners, adventure racers, families, scouts, orienteers, hikers -- anyone who enjoys being outdoors in the woods - and thinking!  Experienced navigators may run solo.


9:00  Registration opens.  Practice course and warm-up area.  Competitors should arrive early to check in.  There will be an opportunity to find teammates.

10:15  Mandatory briefing for advanced course

10:30  Mass start for advanced course

10:40  Instruction and practice for the beginner/intermediate course

11:15  Mandatory briefing for the beginner/intermediate

11:30  Beginner/intermediate start

12:30  Finish time for both courses - dont be late - severe overtime penalties apply!

About Score-O courses

Score-O is a navigation race format in which checkpoints are scattered over an area.  Each team visits as many checkpoints as they wish within the time limit.  Different checkpoints have different point values, and the winning team has the most points.  Ties are broken based on who finished faster.  Each competitor has a map with the checkpoints marked on it, and a clue sheet describing the feature at each checkpoint and the point value for each one.  Teams are welcome to race hard -- or to go at a comfortable pace and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

The USA will host the World 24-hour orienteering (rogaining) championships in 2014, and the score-O format is a great introduction to rogaining.


This special event is a fundraiser for the USA Junior Orienteering Team.  We are raising money to help pay for the cost of five New England juniors traveling to the Junior World Orienteering Championships (JWOC) in the Czech Republic this summer.  See for more information.  

Cost for this fundraiser:

  • Annual members of NEOC or other Orienteering USA member clubs (anyone can join at!)

    • Register online by 5/31:  $15/person; $30/family; $50/team

    • Day-of-event registration:  $30/person; $60/family; $80/team

  • Others

    • Register online by 5/31:  $30/person; $60/family; $80/team

    • Day-of-event registration:  $50/person; $100/family; $130/team
Course Information:

The Gnarly Off-Trail Navigators Challenge:  TWO HOUR TIME LIMIT

This course will be an off-trail navigation race.  The quadrants of the map will contain different navigational challenges such as missing sections of the map or a contour-only section -- challenges that are typically used by elite orienteers in training exercises to improve their skills.  Just in case, each team will carry a sealed envelope with a full map; bringing that back to the finish unused, still in its sealed envelope, will earn the team additional points.

The Quest (for beginner and intermediate orienteers):  ONE HOUR TIME LIMIT

This course is suitable for beginner and intermediate teams of all ages.  Participants will be offered a training session with a practice course ahead of time.  Much of the navigation for this course will be on trails; the challenge is to pick an optimal route and execute it well.  This will be a great course for a group of kids with an adult supervisor, or a family, or friends who want to learn about orienteering, or cross-country runners.

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